The Playwriting Concentration
The MFA playwriting program embraces diverse voices and aesthetics. There are many ways to write a great play, exemplified by our faculty, which includes Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as Charles Mee, Lynn Nottage, and David Henry Hwang. This program seeks to help each student find their own unique and idiosyncratic voice, and help each play grow into the best version of itself.
We take a practical approach to preparing graduates for careers as dramatists, by offering courses and experience in the full range of dramatic writing, including television, film, and musical theatre, under the guidance of instructors like Tony© Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and iconic TV showrunner Matt Williams.
Because we believe playwrights need to hear their work and see it staged, two years of reading and critiquing student work are supplemented by workshop productions. The third year includes professional development led by the concentration head, with each student receiving a full production of their thesis play, mentored by their favorite dramatist or other theatre professional.
This program is large enough to offer a wide range of courses, and small enough for each writer to gain the personal attention necessary to facilitate their all-important artistic growth.
Directing Thesis: MUD and SPRINGTIME
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
(enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway) 8:00 PM
Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program is proud to present "MUD" and "SPRINGTIME" by playwright María Irene Fornés, directed by alum Colm Summers '21.
David Wiener '01 (Fear the Walking Dead)
Bathsheba Doran '03 (The Mystery of Love and Sex)
Beau Willimon '03 (House of Cards)
Jocelyn Bioh '08 (School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play)
Celine Song '14 (Endlings)
Raquel Almazan '15 (La Paloma Prisoner)
Ming Peiffer '16 (Usual Girls)
Matthew Barbot '17 (El Conqui Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom)
The Playwright's Room
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The Playwright’s Room: Sam KressnerMay 20, 2021
Kressner is a playwright and screenwriter who recently wrote his first feature film, Light On Broken Glass, starring Patricia Clarkson. Kressner has worked with a host of international film directors such as Isabel Coixet (Elegy), Peter Sattler (Camp X-Ray), and Claire McCarthy (Ophelia).read more